I love sharing my passion about pollinators with others. I currently lead education programs at the Honeybee Centre and continue to do workshops. In the past I have taught about bees for Kwantlen Polytechnic University, The Bad Academy, and the Sharing Farm. To have me speak about bees contact me at: Kristenpenhall@gmail.com
I can't remember when I first fell in love with bees, but I have adored the earth since I was a child. I have many memories of frantically picking up cigarette butts on beaches, trying to save worms from the rain on my streets, and starting an environment club in elementary school. I would often swing from one favourite creature to the next, but bees are so captivating that they've held my attention and devotion for years.
Bees are absolutely fascinating, and I have enjoyed learning about them along my journey of being a beekeeper. The one photo is of the queen being cared for by her maidens. She has the yellow dot on her so that she's easier for me to spot and I can tell what year she was born. A queen lays around 2000 eggs a day in spring (that's about one every ten seconds). The other is a photo of a drone bee (male) after he has mated. Not only do bees mate while flying in the sky, once the drone has done so, he dies as his endophallus usually stays in the queen and it rips him in half. If that's not part of a fascinating lifecycle I don't know what is.
I am really fortunate to have talented friends, and together we made a Bee Zine! This little pocket sized book is jam packed with interesting bee information, tips to help save the bees, and unbeelievable drawings! To pick up yours for only 6$ including shipping, head to my store page!